7 Essentials You Need for Your Kid’s First Day of School
When you’re figuring out how to prepare your child for school, you need to keep a lot of things in mind to make sure they don’t run into any problems at school.
You may think they’re old enough to take care of themselves and will know when to ask for help, but that may not be the case. They could be nervous because it’s their first time in an unfamiliar environment all by themselves.
They could also be hesitant to ask for help because they’re not sure if they can trust anyone just yet. You need to think with their mindset to make sure you’re packing all the essentials.
But it’s not fair to expect all parents to just know what to do, especially if this is their first ever kid that they’re sending to school. Here, we’ve prepared a checklist of all the items you need to make sure your kid’s first day of school goes smoothly.
The number one thing you need is a backpack that will hold all the other essentials. Take your kid with you to the store when you’re buying it so they can help pick out their favourite one and feel excited for their first day of school.
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⦁ Extra Set of Clothes
You never know what your kid can get up to at school, which is why you need to pack at least one extra pair of clothing. Keep an outfit and an extra pair of socks. Even if you’ve potty-trained your kids, you should still pack another pair of underwear.
If you know your kid may be hesitant to ask for help, then pack a couple of diapers, wipes, and cream as well.
Pack enough snacks so your kid doesn’t return home hungry. Keep healthy snacks and make sure you’re following the school’s food policy.
⦁ Water Bottle
Teach your kids the importance of drinking water and get a spill-proof water bottle to make sure they stay hydrated throughout the day.
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⦁ Art Supplies
The school may already have basic art supplies, but you can still pack a box of crayons, colour pencils, colouring books, etc. in case they run out.
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⦁ Favourite Stuffed Toy
If your kid has a favourite stuffed toy they take with them everywhere, don’t forget to pack it as well as it can help calm some of their nerves. Get your kids involved in the packing process and ask them what they wish to take with them so they’ll feel more comfortable going to school.
⦁ Medication (if necessary)
If your kid has allergies or any health issues, then you need to let the school know about them and pack any medicine your kid takes regularly.
Now that you know everything you need, you can feel a lot more at ease about sending your kid away to school. It’s important to talk to your kids about the kind of activities they’ll get to enjoy so they can look forward to their first day and won’t throw a tantrum at the last minute.
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